Broiled Sports: Mike Sanders is a former professional wrestler (WWE, WCW & TNA), actor (including a recurring role on USA Network's extremely successful series Burn Notice), stand-up comedian and corporate host. He is a former WCW Cruiserweight Champion, former WCW Commissioner and definitely "above average." He was also nice enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions....
Now onto the interview:
Q: At what age did you decide wrestling was the career path you wanted to take?
A: I was trained by "Sarge" Buddy Lee Parker, "The Assassin" Jodi Hamilton, Pistol Pez Whatley and Mike Winter. Also a lot of the other guys would come through on a daily basis like Steve Regal, DDP, Dave Taylor and you would get in the ring with them and you would learn different aspects of the business from all of them.
A: Believe it or not, I was just kinda happy having a job in the biz considering I had gotten fired by Paul Orndorff two months earlier. I don't think people actually know that.
A: I loved it. I was happy to be there, I just didn't realize what I had I in my hand at the time. The Thrillers were a great bunch of guys. We don't talk now but back then they were a great bunch of guys.
A: Well, I think it's like this; you buy a company, expand your roster, but don't really expand your TV people to go along with it. It's not going to be the original people that got you to the point where you could buy the other company.
A: That's actually a crazy story. I was in catering and had my eye on him while he was engaged in a conversation with Vince and some other people. I didn't want to interrupt, so I sat and waited. I took my eye off him for a minute and the next thing I know he's standing beside me on his crutches introducing himself. I didn't even know I had heat with him until 3 months later. I'm getting picked up at the airport with Raven and he's like, "bro you got heat with HHH." I'm like fuck really?! Same thing happen with (Chris) Jericho. I go to get up and he sits down behind me. I didn't even see him and next thing I know I have Raven again telling me I have heat for disrespecting Jericho! I apologized to him and he said to me that you have to say hello to everyone....it's a respect thing. Hey Asshole, I didn't see you!!!!!!!!!
A: I guess it was left off pretty rough. I never got called back, but then again I wasn't a pill abusing alcoholic that went to rehab more than once, if I had I might still have a career. Wellness Policy.
A: Well my thoughts then and now are a little different because I was friends with (Vince) Russo and we traveled together. Russo being friends with Jeff (Jarrett) I already knew my time there was limited but there are just some egos that no matter how good you are on the mic or in the ring, you're never going to overcome. Jeff Jarrett just didn't like me for one reason or another
A: Jeff basically told me I was getting over as a heel the wrong way and people weren't supposed to be cheering me. I'm like, really?? TNA has a heel section that cheered every heel! See, here is my philosophy; a baby face is a likable character that overcomes controversy to get what he wants. A heel is still a likable character that creates controversy to get what he wants. Either way, Jeff Jarrett's in charge and I lose either way.
A: I really didn't leave, I was just never booked again and I wasn't going to kiss Jeff's ass and beg for a job. You had nobody there that could talk or cut promos and still don't.
A: Yea. Myself and Joe Legend in Glascow, Scotland. He's a really good worker in my opinion and brought me to a different level.
A: "SOL" because of the story behind it is so funny. But I will save it for another interview.
Thank you so much for your time and we'll definitely be looking for you on a TV screen very soon. Homeland is a HUGE, successful show and one of my favorites. Congratulations and I wish you nothing but the best in the future. Since the interview has concluded, I guess we're S.O.L......and you know what that means......